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Toyota Land Cruiser 60th Anniversary Special Edition

In order to celebrate 60 years since the first generation of the Land Cruiser was launched, the Japanese automaker Toyota revealed a special edition which will be available for both standard and V8-powered versions.

Here are the most important features of this special edition: triple-zone climate control air conditioning, rear privacy glass, 18-inch alloy wheels, leather upholstery,  electric & heated front seats, rear parking monitor, crawl control, rear seat entertainment system, HDD navigation system, JBL audio system with 17 speakers, multi-terrain select system and others as well.

The price for the model fitted with the Euro 5-compliant 3.0 D-4D power unit starts from 49,950 pounds and for the V8 version from 61,950 pounds. Both models are already available for ordering.

The automaker also announced a 3-door version of the Land Cruiser that will only be offered with the LC3 trim. The car can be ordered only with a manual gearbox and will offer five seats, VSC – vehicle stability control with A-TRC – active traction control, 6-speaker audio system, front fog lamps, Bluetooth, smart entry and start system and climate control. This 3-door version is already available at a base price of 30,395 pounds.

According to the official press release, Toyota has sold more than five million units of the Land Cruiser in 188 different countries and regions worldwide. The latest generation of this popular SUV was introduced in 2008.

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It might be hard to believe, but everybody’s favorite track day race car, the Ariel Atom, was nothing but a pipe dream 10 years ago.

At that time, student Nik Smart decided that a road-legal race car with the weight of a bike and the engine of a real car might become quite popular. He wasn’t wrong, as the Atom is now three generations in and is still loved by enthusiasts all over the world.

Now, for the 10th anniversary of the Ariel Atom, the company decided to gather some of the most loyal owners and showcased the very special Ariel Atom 500 V8. What’s more, as a testament to the build quality, engineers started crafting the 500 V8 at 10:15 AM, and finished it at 3:30 PM, complete with working fluids and the rest of the tweaks.

The Ariel Atom 500 V8 is powered by a naturally-aspirated 500 HP 3.0-liter V8 engine, but its performance specs have yet to be revealed. Considering a regular Atom 3 manages 0 to 62 mph in under 3 seconds, the 500 V8 will definitely offer an even greater performance.

The company is also planning a powerful motorcycle in the near future, but the Ariel Atom 500 V8 is currently the main priority. Only 25 models will be made, but each will retail for around $200,000.


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It’s a bit hard to believe, but the Toyota Prius hybrid is turning 10 years old this year.

“Toyota recognized in the 1990s that sustainable transportation would become a huge challenge in the coming decades,” said Jim Lentz, president and COO of Toyota Motor Sales, USA, Inc. “Those realizations proved accurate, and if anything, even more profound considering what we know today.”

The Japanese model has been launched in the US market back in summer of 2000 as an awkward four-door sedan (pictured above), with a mildly impressive fuel average.

Still, despite not so positive reviews, in 2004, Toyota hit jackpot with the second generation Prius, and its hatchback body style. The model became a pop icon, with celebrities and eco-minded people buying them as fast as Toyota made them.

Now, in 2010, the third generation Prius has been revealed, boasting an increased power output but still maintaining a reasonable fuel average.

According to Toyota statistics, over 1.8 million Prius hybrids were sold since the car was revealed, with nearly 900,000 purchased in the US alone. Besides the regular hybrid models, new cars packed with lithium-ion batteries and plug-in capabilities are being tested out, and are expected to arrive around 2012. Also, according to a recent report, the next generation Prius might be produced in the USA, but that won’t happen until 2016, at least.

Still, if you’re among the people who love the Prius, raise your glass and celebrate the most popular hybrid on Earth.


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Alfa Romeo is a very loved brand, and this fact was made more apparent by the centenary celebrations the company announced.

From new concepts like the Bertone Pandion, the Pininfarina 2uettottanta or the recent Zagato TZ3 Corsa, to the newly released Giulietta hatchback, Alfa Romeo is getting much love all around.

Alfa owners, the Alfisti, will also be in for a special celebration in Milan, on June 26 and 27. The carmaker will organize a rally (more like parade) around the city for all its fans. Officials are expecting over 3,000 Alfa Romeo models, who will also be greeted by concerts and a special sculpture designed by the Centro Stile Alfa Romeo.

Those that want to take part in the celebrations can visit this website, but bear in mind the company didn’t say it’s going to have mechanics present, so bring your toolkit.


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You’d expect a little more competition from the two Detroit giants, but actually Ford’s gesture is really cool. On GM’s 100th anniversary, Ford decided to congratulate their rivals by strategically opening and closing specific blinds on the south side of the WHQ building, to show the message “Happy 100 GM”. Like we said, it’s very cool to see, that in these special moments, big companies like Ford decide to let rivalry aside and show their appreciation. Congratulations, Ford, and Happy Birthday, GM!


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Happy Birthday to us! Exactly one year ago, on March 18th, 2007, the first post was published on Auto Unleashed and now, one year later, we’d like to thank all our readers and partners which made this year an extraordinary experience for us and hope for you too. We got to meet some very cool people, we made a lot of new friends, we got to the Geneva Motor Show and overall, it was an unbelievable year!

Also, we’ve learned a lot and tried all the time to make the Auto Unleashed experience as interesting as possible for you, our readers. We tried to bring as much new and interesting info as possible, last autumn we brought you the Photo Gallery and now we’re trying to add a lot of cool new features. Last week we’ve created the My Yahoo, NetVibes and iGoogle Homepages Tabs, where you can get the latest new from the best resources available online, including, of course, Auto Unleashed

Besides this, we’ve also started working on two new and very interesting sections on Auto Unleashed. First one is the wallpapers section, where we already started adding wallpapers that will make your desktop a whole lot more attractive. And the second one is the press release section, where we’ll publish all the official press releases made by the most important companies in the auto industry. The sections are new, so there’s not so much content, but we promise that they’ll be updated every day.

So, again, Happy Birthday to us and a big ‘Thanks’ to everyone who, in one way or the other, was part of Auto Unleashed and, for this year to come, we’d just like to tell you that you haven’t seen nothing yet!

The Auto Unleashed Team


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It seems that November 9 was a celebration day in the auto industry, because, after VW celebrated its 15 millionth Passat, Honda UK is celebrating its 1 millionth Civic produced at the Swindon plant. The first Civic was produced here on September 19, 1994 and Honda the cars go to over 60 countries worldwide. The anniversary model was a red Honda Civic Type-R, which will go to a British customer.

Ken Keir, Managing Director of Honda (UK) and Senior Vice President of Honda Motor Europe stated:“Civic remains the cornerstone of our UK and European success. Customers love its innovative design and build quality, which not only retains a huge loyal customer base, but is key to us winning new sales across Europe”

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On November 9, at the Volkswagen plant in Emden, Germany, the 15 millionth Passat produced worldwide rolled out the production line. We have to admit, this is an impressive number. The first Passat was produced in 1973, and the current generation is the sixth. The first generation was produced between 1973-1981, the second one between 1981-1988, the third between 1988-1994, the fourth between 1995-1997, the fifth between 1996-2005 and the current generation debuted in 2005.

The special 15 millionth Passat was a 105 hp Variant BlueMotion 1.9 TDI in arctic blue silver metallic and Volkswagen decided to donate it to DKMS (German Bone Marrow Donor Center).

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First presented as a concept at the 1993 Detroit Auto Show, the Plymouth Prowler was put into production from 1997 to 2002, when it was discontinued. To celebrate the 10 years that passed from when the first Prowler rolled out, Chrysler will host an anniversary celebration on August 16, from 5 to 10 p.m. EDT at the Walter P. Chrysler Museum.

About 175 Prowlers are expected to take part at the celebration, a pretty good number if you ask me, with 11,500 being the total number of cars sold in the US and Canada between 1997 and 2002.

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